Northeast Corridor Track Modernization Program

The Northeast Corridor Track Modernization Program is a series of projects to improve the tracks along the NEC. The work is taking place now through mid-December and starts again in early March of 2019. The end result of this work will be a more reliable ride with improved ride quality.

amtrak train passing railway machinery

Progress & Passenger Impact

During the course of 2018, Amtrak expects to replace over 80 miles of welded rail, install over 110,000 concrete ties, and tamp over 300 miles of track in the Northeast Corridor.

80 miles of welded rail

110,000 concrete ties

Tamp 300 miles of track

How will it impact my commute?

If you travel along the NEC regularly, you may have already noticed your train slowing down along certain sections of your journey, large yellow construction vehicles on the tracks or several men/women with yellow vests standing trackside. Wonder what this is all about? Amtrak is working on the railroad. As a result of our maintenance efforts, some train schedules have been adjusted and additional delays are possible as segments of track are removed from service or train pass work areas.

What kind of work is being done?

Amtrak has a full fleet of construction equipment to aid in maintaining the railroad. From the track laying machine, to the tamper, see below to learn how Amtrak is working to improve the NEC.

The work done so far includes


feet of catenary hardware updates


concrete ties installed


bridge ties replaced


miles of high speed surfacing


track miles of undercutting completed


track miles of rail installed

How do I stay informed?

To check the status of your train or to modify existing reservations, visit or the Amtrak mobile app.

  • Opt-in to email or text alerts when booking your trip to be notified of real-time delays
  • Follow @AmtrakNECAlerts for timely updates about service along the NEC

Amtrak is working to improve ride quality and reliability on the Northeast Corridor